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2,000 years ago in Denmark, a fierce battle left dozens dead
Roman military accounts from the early centuries CE describe the tribes of north-central Europe as fierce fighters who took the field with large forces and treated vanquished foes with ritual brutality. Until recently, however, there hasn’t been much archaeological evidence to back up the Roman accounts. But some time in the first century CE, two of those tribes clashed in…

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FCC is hurting consumers to help corporations, Mignon Clyburn says on exit
As Mignon Clyburn left the Federal Communications Commission, the longtime telecom regulator worried that the FCC is abandoning its "prime directive" of protecting consumers. "I'm an old Trekkie," Clyburn told Ars in a phone interview, while comparing the FCC's responsibility to the Star Trek fictional universe's Prime Directive. "I go back to my core, my prime directive of putting consumers…

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NASA’s EM-drive is a magnetic WTF-thruster
It was bound to happen eventually. A group of researchers that may actually be competent and well-funded is investigating alternative thrust concepts. This includes our favorite, the WTF-thrusterEM-drive, as well as something called a Mach-Effect thruster. The results, presented at Space Propulsion 2018, are pretty much as expected: a big fat meh.

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Capcom requires high-speed streaming to play Resident Evil 7 on Switch
Capcom will give Japanese Switch owners a chance to play last year's on the Switch later this week. But the port will only be playable as an online stream running on Capcom's own servers, rather than a downloaded version that would run directly on the Switch's relatively low-powered hardware. On May 24, will be offered to Japanese consumers as a…

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Ariane chief seems frustrated with SpaceX for driving down launch costs
The France-based Ariane Group is the primary contractor for the Ariane 5 launch vehicle, and it has also begun developing the Ariane 6 rocket. The firm has a reliable record—indeed, NASA chose the Ariane 5 booster to fly its multi-billion dollar James Webb Space Telescope—but it also faces an uncertain future in an increasingly competitive launch market.

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Apple cracks down on CallKit-enabled apps in China’s App Store
A new group of apps in China's App Store is facing scrutiny from Apple. According to a report from 9to5Mac, the iPhone maker is curtailing apps with CallKit framework due to a "newly enforced regulation" from the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. Apple started sending notices to developers whose apps use the CallKit framework, notifying them that CallKit…

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Buick’s Smart Driver explains why my gas mileage sucks—and my editor’s doesn’t
Everyone thinks they're a good driver. Despite this, the annual death toll on our roads keeps going up—despite ever-safer vehicles—and human error is to blame for 97 percent of all fatal crashes. Bad driving isn't just about crashes though; racing from stoplight to stoplight is bad for the planet, since it adds unnecessary carbon to our atmosphere at a time…

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Dreams PS4 world-premiere hands-on: Finally, a good 3D take on LittleBigPlanet
SANTA MONICA, California—Ten years ago, the game series did the seemingly unthinkable for console players: it opened up the "mod and make your own games" experience that had previously been the domain of PC gaming. Its cute simplicity enabled a new audience to create (and share, via an online browser) their own 2D platform and adventure games, complete with higher-level…

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Medicines were tainted with pesticides in sloppy drug facility, FDA warns
A drug manufacturer used the same, uncleaned equipment to make pesticides as it did several human drugs, according to a warning letter released by the Food and Drug Administration. The result was that at least two medicines were contaminated with pesticides, the agency noted. The FDA’s sternly worded letter charged that drug manufacturer Product Quest MFG, LLC of Daytona Beach,…